While daughters sleep
Slip on running shoes and shorts,
Wave to husband and
Jog to boardwalk
For day’s first view of ocean.
Dodging morning boardwalkers or
Passing slower runners,
Heading to Henlopen, Route 1 or lake,
Then back home.
Don t-shirt, shorts and sneakers.
Avoid bathing suit
Except when temperature exceeds 95.
Walk with hubby to latest coffee shop standing –
Brew Ha-ha, Coffee Mill or Coffee House.
Dad takes breakfast orders
Bacon, eggs and bagels.
Kids dress, apply sunscreen and pack
Towels, books, sunglasses and chairs.
Late arrival lands us
Several umbrellas away from ocean,
But we are at the beach.
They are happy,
I am happy.
Husband stays back.
Enjoying peace and quiet of empty house.
He is happy.
Undiagnosed ADHD keeps me from lounging at length
But I search for school of dolphins
Before leaving sun-worshipping daughters.
Return trip to coffee shop
Completes perfect morning.